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The Newsletter
Sponsored by Blue Heaven Restaurant, Key West Florida
Food History, Trivia, Quotes, Humor, Poetry, Recipes
Vol 2 # 10 March 18, 2001
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On January 15, 1919, a large 50 foot high storage tank in Boston burst and sent a tidal wave of over 2 million gallons of molasses travelling at over 30 miles per hour. Houses, buildings and parts of the elevated track system were crushed in its path. Twenty-one people died, and over 150 were injured. It took over 6 months to clean up the mess. The damage was in the millions of dollars.

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"If Leekes you like, but do their smell dis-like, Eat Onyons, and you shall not smell the Leeke; If you of Onyons would the scent expell, Eat Garlicke, that shall drowne the Onyons' smell."
Dr. William Kitchiner, The Cook's Oracle

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David at HUB-UK is also publishing some of my articles and recipes on his site. Please check out this site with Recipes and Great Food Ideas!

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Mint Julep Recipe, Pearl Street House, Louisville, mid 19th century.

Take a large and deep cut glass tumbler, fill it with sufficient sugar and ice to the brim -- half of the ice shaved into snow and the rest in lumps of moderate size. Lay on the top of it three fresh leaves of mint without any part of the stem attached. Pour on just half a glass of fine, unimpeachable cognac brandy, than just half a glass of fine old Jamaican rum; then add half a glass of old ripe port wine. Then pour the mass rapidly for some time, back and forth into tumblers; the longer this action continues the better. Then plant a small bunch of mint on one side of the tumbler by putting the stems down into the ice, and having the leaves up about as high as the nose of the drinker should come.


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"There are two types of onions, the big white Spanish and the little red Italian. The Spanish has more food value and is therefore chosen to make soup for huntsmen and drunkards, two classes of people who require fast recuperation."
Alexandre Dumas

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Cowboy cooks would take their sourdough starter to bed with them to keep the cold night air from stopping the crucial fermenting process.

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March 19 to 25 National Bubble Week

March 19
*Swallows return to San Juan Capistrano, California
*Birthdays: 1813 David Livingstone (Dr. Livingstone, I presume?)
1848 Wyatt Earp

March 20 to 22 Pizz Expo 2001, Las Vegas (

March 20
*FIRST DAY OF SPRING (vernal equinox at 8:31a.m. EST)
*National Agriculture Day (
*Birthdays: 1828 Henrik Ibsen

March 21
*Birthdays: 1685 Johann Sebastian Bach; 1910 Julio Gallo

March 22
*United Nations World Day for Water
*International Day of The Seal

March 23
*United Nations World Meteorological Day
*Dick Clark Retired from American Bandstand in 1989

March 24 - 25 Central Florida Balloon Rally, DeLand, Florida

March 24
*Dulcimer Festival, Lumpkin, Georgia
An Old Island Days tradition, this unique contest features novel sounds produced by contestants in several age categories.
Contact: David Roumm at (305) 294-9501
*Birthdays: 1874 Harry Houdini

March 25 to April 8 Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington D.C.

March 25
*National Family day (
*Pecan Day
*Old New Years Day (until 1751)
*England: Mothering Sunday
*Birthdays: 1871 Gutzon Borglum (sculptor of Mount Rushmore)

(c) 2001 Chases Calendar of Events

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Email your recipe requests, food info or history questions to me at

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"My own remedy is always to eat, just before I step into bed, a hot roasted onion, if I have a cold."
attributed to George Washington

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One ostrich egg can make an omelette for 10 people. The eggs weigh 3 to 6 pounds and they would take at least 45 minutes to hard boil.

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The edible inky cap mushroom contains a disulfiram-like (antabuse) substance that interferes with normal metabolism of alcohol. Reaction occurs when consuming alcohol within 72 hours after eating these mushrooms. Symtoms last 2 to 3 hours, and include flushing, palpitation, hyperventilation, nausea, vomiting, and burning or tingling sensation of the extremeties.

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"My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate--that's my philosophy."
Thornton Wilder

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Jacques Lemaire, who makes and sells Mandala jewelry in the outdoor garden at Blue Heaven Restaurant in Key West has returned from Maine, and will be here again for the winter. Check out his unique handmade items at Blue Heaven Restaurant or on his WebSite

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"He was a wise man who invented beer."
Plato (428- 347 BC), Greek philosopher.

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Louis XIV, known as the Sun King was reported by his sister-in-law to having eaten at one meal: "four plates of different soups, an entire pheasant, a Partridge, a large plateful of salad, mutton cut up in in pieces with garlic, two good pieces of ham, a plateful of cakes, and fruits and jams." A real 'hungry man's dinner'!

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